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United Airlines Will Soon Fly Nonstop To Cape Town, South Africa

By DeAnna Taylor

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Flying to the Motherland is about to get much easier. United Airlines recently announced its plans to launch a nonstop service from Newark, New Jersey to Cape Town, South Africa in December.

This announcement makes United the first airline to offer this particular route. It is also United’s first route to Africa in three years.

In 2018, Kenya Airways announced its nonstop service from New York to Nairobi, but no other airline has offered a nonstop route to Cape Town.

Typically if you fly from the States to Cape Town, you will have at least one layover abroad. I had two layovers in order to get to Cape Town from New York City — one stop in Ghana and then another stop to change planes in Johannesburg.

The nonstop service will take place aboard a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This will allow passengers to reach Cape Town in about 14.5 hours. The return flight will take a little longer, around 16 hours.

A sample itinerary would have the flight leaving Newark at 8:30 pm and arrive in Cape Town at 6 pm the next day.


Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of international network, said the airline is adding Cape Town because it’s the largest unserved destination between North America and Africa.

“We’re focused on creating unique opportunities for our passengers,” he said. “If it does well, we will grow it to year round, much like we did in Tahiti.”

Related: Things To Know Before You Go To Cape Town, South Africa

As of now, United plans to offer the route three times a week between December and March. Prices for the flights have not been announced as of yet.

Tickets will go on sale sometime in May, once the airline receives final approval from regulation authorities.  

This route will definitely be clutch for those that need to visit South Africa frequently for business or other reasons.

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DeAnna Taylor

DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel writer. The Charlotte native recently completed one year abroad working as an English teacher in South Korea. Her hobbies include fitness, traveling to new countries, and trying new foods.

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